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Profiles of Students, Staff, Teachers

A father’s love, a son’s devotion, a school success

Arec Winright used his memory of his father as motivation to do well in school and work hard toward graduation...

‘So many doors have opened’

With the aid of Kent ISD’s Project NorthStar, a new father made a choice that led him to not only graduate, but to do so early...

‘Doing better’ in the classroom — conventional or virtual

Fourth grade teacher Kelly Compher has adapted her teaching skills and emphasis on equity from the traditional classroom to Google Classroom...

Setting out with a camera to change the world for the better

Mariah Barrera, who has already made her mark with several award-winning short films, plans to pursue her passion at Columbia University in New York City...

Guiding students to becoming informed citizens

This AP Government teacher helps students learn to become critical thinkers, and students say his passion is contagious...

‘Following a map and the sky’

Adjy Jean spent years as an unaccompanied youth, displaced and moving from country to country. Now, after three years settled in Michigan, he will graduate from East Kentwood High School...

‘I have to push myself’

Rodrigo Lopez-Ruiz, whose family lives in Mexico, has worked hard to support himself and take accountability during high school, overcoming odds to graduate. He also serves others through his job at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital...

From childhood struggles in Georgia to student leader at Comstock Park

Switching states and school systems after a difficult childhood, Abbie Glass blossomed into a student leader at Comstock Park High School...

She’s ‘small but mighty’ and ready to fly

Despite a time of homelessness in ninth grade, and the COVID-19 school closure as a senior, Kelloggsville senior Naudia Potts is set to graduate and has been accepted to Central Michigan University where she will major in social work...

‘I didn’t give up’

If a challenge becomes an excuse, said senior Clair Jansma, “it's much harder to overcome and you sacrifice opportunities”...

‘One person can change so much for so many’

'I think people need to recognize there’s something greater than themselves at stake'...

Teaching art ‘is what I’m meant to do’

She says ‘life is much better with creativity’...

He mixes melodies, scratches records, creates digital music

Cedar Springs junior and DJ Martin Yakes plans for a career in music...

‘I owe so much to them all’

He has been teaching orchestra to Caledonia middle school students for 15 years...

Tossing for aces

Grandville High School senior Kyle Klein is involved in marching band, he’s a varsity swimmer and he’s the 2019 Amateur Disc Golf Champion...

He loves welding, building new things & fixing older things

As a child he loved building things with Legos and wood, but as he got older he found working with metal to be even cooler...
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